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Challenge: Free Study 2014-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus XZ-1
Location: Lower Sabie River, South Africa
Date: Nov 3, 2014
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2014

Four lions kill and eat a warthog.

In real life, with the terrible screams and the blood, it’s not like the wildlife documentaries on TV. There’s no discreet soft focus, no artful slow motion sequences. And no music soundtrack ... after the screams have mercifully ended there's just the diabolical snarls, the crunching, and other sounds too awful to describe.

My two companions were left shocked, and sobbing. All of us were very quiet for some time afterwards.

I discussed it later with my friend Cliff, who is a professional guide taking tourists into Kruger in an open safari vehicle.

Cliff said, “Everybody wants to see a lion kill up close. Until they do.”

Place: 36 out of 164
Avg (all users): 6.2195
Avg (commenters): 8.1538
Avg (participants): 6.1719
Avg (non-participants): 6.3889
Views since voting: 432
Views during voting: 170
Votes: 82
Comments: 15
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12/08/2014 06:17:41 PM
we will have shivers for days... and you must have been close, with your tiny xz1. the Durer effect only adds to the frisson.
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12/08/2014 05:20:17 PM
An iconic composition of Jesus, Peter and Paul in a nightmarish dream. Fantastic catch!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2014 10:52:49 PM
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12/07/2014 09:56:09 PM
Surely this is stolen from durer

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12/07/2014 08:32:38 PM
a trinitarian persistence.
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12/07/2014 07:37:44 PM
Amazing capture. I like the processing too.
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12/07/2014 06:44:05 PM
did the big cat loose an eye? anyway, it is good they had something to chew on and not fancy you. well composed supper.
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12/07/2014 12:13:28 PM
The eye contact on this one is great.
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12/07/2014 08:29:47 AM
Oh wow, horrific and amazing. The processing makes it look more frenzied which adds to the powerful impact of the shot. How close were you to this? I guess they already have something to eat so maybe you wouldn't look so appetizing. 10
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12/06/2014 05:52:28 PM
A feast of symmetry
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12/04/2014 03:27:47 PM
Grisly subject matter but the natural world captured in all its gory detail. I can see you wanted to emphasise the main elements but it feels as though your post processing is just a bit too heavy handed for my liking but thats just my opinion, anyway good luck
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12/02/2014 12:01:56 PM
Lovely bleached analog look to this. The heavy vignette isolates your main subject and helps simplify this complex scene. Your composition, with leading lines from the bent legs, pulls us in. Terrific catch! Be careful out there.
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12/01/2014 09:46:54 PM
Surreal. Beauty succumbing to her beasts.
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12/01/2014 09:23:45 PM
A flash of a nightmare. There is an odd beauty to such savagery only that, is it really savagery? The expression of the beast shows that above all it is just following its fate. Or is it just some signs of jadedness after a long fruitful fight?
There are images filled with questions and we stop and ponder and these minutes of consideration are the true measure of a photograph.
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12/01/2014 04:49:44 AM
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